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Alison is the founder and executive director of the Human-Beaver Coexistence Fund, based in northern Virginia, where she works to help landowners and managers practice nonlethal beaver management and to promote human-wildlife coexistence. Previously, Alison worked as an environmental educator at the Clifton Institute, the Smithsonian National Zoo, and the Potomac Valley Audubon Society. She grew up in Tampa, Florida, and studied anthropology at the University of South Florida (BA) and San Diego State University (MA) where she conducted ethnoprimatological fieldwork in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Alison is also a yoga teacher and author who writes about how humans can connect to nature through mindfulness and movement practices.